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Next week is Archers Week

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Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick 19:03, Friday, 20 November 2009

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It's a rather benign coup. The fascinating and varied people of Ambridge are taking over. For five days only you'll be able to read about every aspect of the creation of The Archers here on the Radio 4 blog. Blog posts from behind the scenes at The Archers - by the cast, producers, engineers, writers, the programme's editor Vanessa Whitburn and even the boss, Mark Damazer - will appear here between Monday 23 and Friday 27 November.

There will be blog posts, photographs, audio and, inevitably, some tweets. On Monday and Tuesday I'll be 'live blogging' from the Birmingham studio (not far from Ambridge). Various actors and producers will be helping me and throughout the week I'll want to hear from you. Send me your questions and comments: leave them here on the blog. If you're on Twitter, use the hashtag #archersweek.

And Sunday evening's episode is a very important one. It's the last of thousands of episodes recorded by Norman Painting, who played patriarch Phil Archer for almost 60 years, before he died on 29 October. I wouldn't miss it for the world and I expect that Archers Week will be, at least in part, a tribute to Norman.

Steve Bowbrick is editor of the Radio 4 blog

  • The Archers messageboard is one of the busiest at bbc.co.uk. Host (and Archers script writer) Keri Davies has just announced that a new host has been appointed.
  • Archers Addicts is the official Archers fan club. To mark Norman's final episode, they're observing the traditions of 'Stir-up Sunday' this weekend. Read the recipe and join in.


  • Comment number 1.

    "There will be blog posts, photographs, audio..//.."

    Do us a favour, especially if the photos are related to the cast, can you make these optional (launch them in a URL linked pop-up or something please), many Archers fans have their own mental image of the charter and seeing a mug-shot or what of the actor ever can actually affect the listeners enjoyment! Also, please advise if any of the audio, or indeed blogs, will be plot spoilers, even if the blog is about the currently broadcast episode(s), remember that many listen to the omnibus edition rather than the daily episodes.

  • Comment number 2.

    Good point @Boilerplated. Since The Archers team operates with what looks to me like totally airtight secrecy around storylines I think it's unlikely that I'll even learn anything that might constitute a spoiler but I take your point - so no spoilers here! Likewise I'll try to keep cast pics off the blog - I'll publish them on Flickr or Twitter and link to them from here - so click at your peril!

    Steve Bowbrick, editor, Radio 4 blog


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